trACker number372 Beware PreEmpting Gods Plans before They Come Due
by Dudley Anderson 8/22/2011 / Devotionals
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22 August 2011
Dear God Tracker
Beware Pre-Empting God's Plans before They Come Due
A fascinating map can be found in the British Museum. It's an old mariner's chart, drawn in 1525, outlining the North American coastline and adjacent waters. The cartographer made some intriguing comments on areas of the map that represented regions not yet explored. He wrote: "Here be giants," and "Here be fiery scorpions," and "Here be dragons." Eventually, the map came into the possession of Sir John Franklin, a British explorer in the early 1800s. Scratching out the fearful notation, he wrote these words across the map, "Here be God!"
Our daily life can often be like that. It's impossible to see into tomorrow from where we stand today. We can only guess what will happen in the next few moments of time. We may hope that there be found joy, peace and prosperity but more often than not we pessimistically agree with the 1525 cartographer and say, "There be giants and scorpions and dragons." But as trackers of the plans of God, however, by faith in his plans and purposes, we ought to be saying, "There be God!" It is impossible to know what tomorrow holds but, as the old saying goes, "We do know who holds tomorrow."
God-tracking involves looking for the plans and purposes that God has for our tomorrow. God-tracking is based upon the scripture in Jeremiah 9:11, which tell us that God knows the plans he has for us. The truth is, it is indeed God who knows his plans for our lives but we don't not until he reveals them, that is. Elsewhere we are told to acknowledge God in all our ways then trust that he will direct our paths. Sadly, however (and I speak from my own experience) many of us pre-empt God's plans for tomorrow and second-guess his purposes for us by infringing upon his perfect timing in our lives. Our God is sovereign and he knows our beginning from our end. God knows what is best for us and we know that all things work together for the good of those who have been called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).
So if you are at the edge of your tomorrow and you're wondering what to do next then take a moment to pray the prayer below and acknowledge God's knowledge of your future. Take one day at a time and live by faith, not by fate. Watch out for the what-will-be-will-be syndrome. If you keep your eyes on Jesus then what will be will be his will for your life and not some fatalistic nonsense. Hold onto the peace he has given you in your current situation and trust that he will meet all your needs for today as well as tomorrow according to the wealth of his blessings for you in Christ Jesus. But beware of pre-empting God's plans before they come due.
Our hope is that, by sharing experiences in tracking the will of God, we will draw closer to him and discover the awesome value of walking with God. Let us know what you think by e-mailing email@example.com God knows the plans he has for you. So go ahead and track them!
What is trACker?
GodTracker and trACker owe their origins to an international Christian radio programme produced by Dudley Anderson called, OnTrack. Although OnTrack went off-air in 2005, trACker has continued to help people to track God's plans and purposes for their lives since July 2003.
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Verse of the Week
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Quote of the Week
A Sample of Dudley's Fave Quotes.
"I believe that God delights to use his children in the fulfilment of his plans for the world. I am sure he loves to use small people to do great things." --- Corrie Ten Boom
Don't Give-up, Look-up!
Look-up and Fix Your Eyes On Jesus!
At All Times I Have Everything I Need
2 Corinthians 9:8
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
"Dear God I am very nervous of my tomorrow. I feel I'm at the edge of something new but I'm not sure what it is. Help me to not jump to my own conclusions and pre-empt the changes you have in store for me before your preordained time. I confess that you know my future you are there already and I put my faith in your plans for my life. Help me to continue to acknowledge you in all I do and to trust in your tracks for my life without leaning on my own understanding. And give me peace, Lord to get through today. I know, by your word, that at all times I have everything I need. Amen."
Dudley began writing for radio. He currently presents for UCB UK and writes a weekly devotional called, trACker. trACker reaches hundreds of people and is published online. Dudley also pastors a church in the UK. More at: www.godtracker.co.uk